The Central New York Labor Council has elected its first female president in over 150 years, Samantha DeRiso. DeRiso was elected following the retirement of outgoing President Patrick Costello.
DeRiso is employed by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and has been a member of the Labor Movement for over 30 years.
Some of DeRiso’s accomplishments include organizing over 600 women and men employed by the Mohawk Valley Health System (formerly St. Elizabeth Medical Center) to fight for higher wages and safer working conditions, participating in numerous strikes with fellow union members and traveling the country to work with labor unions in their organizing campaigns.
She was elected unanimously to serve as the Council’s president.
DeRiso said, “It is an honor to be elected to hold this position and continue working with our affiliated union brothers and sisters to make a difference in the workplace. Solidarity and grassroots organizing will be my focus to protect the right to collectively bargain for higher wages, better benefits and safe working conditions.”
The CNY Labor Council is one of about 500 state and local labor councils affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Members of the Council represent 63 public and private sector unions throughout the Mohawk Valley. Together, these 63 unions represent 17,000 people.
For more information about the CNY Labor Council, call 315-735-6101.